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Mosh’s Monday Musings

The Nashville Predators continue putting fans through the roller coaster of emotions. In case you were starting to feel all warm and fuzzy after a perfect 3-0 week, the Preds went 1-2 on their 3-game road trip before they spend Thanksgiving week at home.

 Not to pick on a scab, but Tuesday vs Toronto was abysmal. Mazanec looked completely out of his league, but the team didn’t help him in a 6-2 beat down. That being said, when you give up a terrible goal early on, the entire team around you tries to do too much to compensate for the shortfalls of the netminder. Make no mistake about it, that was an audition for Maz, and he failed miserably. The only reason he’s still with the big club is for Saros to get playing time in Milwaukee so he’s sharp when he’s called up before the back to backs on December 3rd and 4th. Barring injury or another chicken soup catastrophe, I don’t envision Maz seeing the net for Nashville again in the near future.

 A nice rebound game in Ottawa on Thursday got the team back in the win column and another solid performance by Rinne. James Neal continued his goal-scoring streak and PK Subban continued to torch the Senators with two more points. That gives him 23 points in 28 career games against them. So at least in Ottawa, the boo birds for him are somewhat understandable.

The biggest game of course was vs division rival St Louis on Saturday. The Blues returned the favor and handed the Preds a 3-1 loss, helped out by a costly turnover by Subban in the third. That turnover which led to the game-winner is one reason you can see how PK can drive coaches crazy as he was trying to do too much. Compounding that, no  forward covered his point position, leading to the odd-man break. Honestly I would’ve been happy to get a point out of this game and here’s why:
  • Last time they played, the Blues were on the second of back to backs with Carter Hutton in net.

  • St Louis controlled the last game and frustrated Nashville for nearly 40 minutes before eventually wearing down.

  • Jake Allen owns the Preds. He’s 5-1 vs Nashville in seven games. Apart from the last meeting a season ago, he’s given up just 9 goals total in six of those games.

 A trifecta of games await the boys on Broadway this Thanksgiving week starting with a match-up tonight vs the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are without the services of captain Steven Stamkos. They are coming off a shutout victory over Philadelphia Saturday afternoon.

Two divisional showdowns loom large with Dallas and Winnipeg visiting on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

Don’t miss another edition of PredNeckNation radio TONIGHT starting at 6 on WNSR 560 & 95.9FM as Crazy Charlie Saunier and myself get you ready for the game with the best and most honest coverage of your Nashville Predators.

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